Quick & Easy Dauber Dots Birthday Cardmaking Tutorial

I don’t know about you, but it’s not uncommon for me to find myself scrambling for cards at the last minute and, most often, those cards are birthday cards. So, today I thought that we’d make a quick and easy birthday card that’s a great candidate for mass production, with a design that’s got lots of room for customization. Use warm pinks, oranges, and yellows like I did here, or use blues, greens, and grays for a more masculine look. I think that a mix of metallic inks would be gorgeous, too.

To make the card panel, I used the “birthday wishes” sentiment from the Hand Lettered Birthday Sentiments digital stamp set, and I placed it on a slightly smaller than A2 size panel in Silhouette Studio. Then, I print and cut the panel and got to work on the dots, which are made using foam daubers that are typically used to add color and texture to die cuts or card backgrounds. I love the dauber dots because they’re sort of “fuzzy” and organic, but if you don’t have foam daubers then you can use a clean pencil eraser for more solid dots or a q-tip for small, soft and organic dots.

You can easily create a bunch of these cards in no time at all, and making the dots is such a meditative thing for me. I hope that it is for you, too.

Check out the video for a step-by-step:

Supplies Used in This Project

The following supply list contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase through these links, and I really appreciate it if you do!

AMZ = Amazon.com     SBK = Scrapbook.com     DKB = Dick Blick     SSS = Simon Says Stamp

Hand Lettered Birthday Sentiments Digital Stamps

Silhouette Cameo ( AMZ // SBK )
Silhouette Studio, Designer Edition ( AMZ // SBK )
Neenah Solar White 80lb. Cardstock ( AMZ // SSS )
My Favorite Things Bubblegum Dye Ink
My Favorite Things Peach Bellini Dye Ink
My Favorite Things Persimmon Dye Ink
My Favorite Things Lemon Drop Dye Ink
Hero Arts Neon Pink Dye Ink ( AMZ // SBK )
foam / sponge daubers ( AMZ // SBK )
craft foam (also known as fun foam)
Scor-Tape (I used 5/8” inch, but you can use any size)
a printer
craft scissors

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